What happens if Brown's brinkmanship fails?
Brown told the Legislature that if voters reject his tax package, he will pass an all-cuts budget. Tactical error. Many conservatives responded: Go ahead, make my day.
As for Sacto Dems and unions, if voters reject Plan Brown, I doubt they'll share Brown's "loyalty to California." More likely, they will demand a debt-expanding cross-your-fingers-and-pray-for-a-recovery gimmicky scheme -- and they'll get it.
Arnold Schwarzenegger knows the downside of brinkmanship. He knows how Sacramento treats a governor once he's lost his ballot measures. And it's not pretty.